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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aug. 28, 2008

Contacts: Dan Dowdy 906-353-6558 or Mary Dettloff 517-335-3014

Ford River Boating Access Site Closing Temporarily for Construction on Sept. 8

The Department of Natural Resources announced today that the Ford River Boating Access Site in the Upper Peninsula’s Delta County will be closed for construction beginning Monday, Sept. 8.

The current ramp is in poor condition and requires replacement. The construction upgrades will include dredging the boat launch area, installing a new 36-foot wide by 70-foot long concrete ramp, and a new
5-foot by 30-foot universally accessible courtesy fishing pier. The project will also include installing a new ADA-compliant vault toilet and reestablishing the parking lot area. Construction is scheduled to be completed on Sept. 26.

Until repairs are complete, boaters and anglers can access Little Bay De Noc from facilities in the town of Wells at the north shore launch and at Escanaba’s Ludington Park Aronson Island launch.

This construction is being funded through the Michigan State Waterways Fund. The fund is a restricted fund comprised of boat registration fees and the marine fuel tax in Michigan.

For more information or updates about this project, contact the Baraga field office and State Park Supervisor Dan Dowdy at 906-353-6558, or Wells State Park at 906-863-9747.

The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural resources for current and future generations.
 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 1, 2008

Contacts: Dan Dowdy 906-353-6558 or Mary Dettloff 517-335-3014

Ford River Boating Access Site Has Reopened

Department of Natural Resources officials announced today that the construction at Ford River Boating Access Site in the Upper Peninsula’s Delta County is complete and the access site has reopened.

The ramp was in poor condition and required replacement. The construction upgrades included dredging the boat launch area, installing a new 36-foot wide by 70-foot long concrete ramp, and a new 5-foot x 30-foot universally accessible courtesy pier. The project also included installing a new ADA compliant vault toilet and reestablishing the parking lot area.

Construction was completed two days ahead of schedule, and the access site is now open. These improvements were funded through the Michigan State Waterways Fund. These restricted funds are derived from boat registrations and the marine fuel tax in Michigan.

“We thank all boaters and anglers for this patience during this time,” said Dan Dowdy, Baraga field office and state park supervisor. I encourage everyone to ‘GO-Get Outdoors’ and come see the improvements that have been made at this boating access site, while there is still good boating weather.”

For more information or updates about this project, contact Dan Dowdy at 906-353-6558 or Wells State Park at 906-863-9747.

The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural resources for current and future generations.
 
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